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Studying on campus: Respecting each other

Maria Rovito
Assoc. Opinion Editor

As the semester winds down (yes, there are only four weeks left), students will find their workloads increasing, due dates and deadlines looming closer, and stress levels rising. Many will pull all-nighters in order to finish their assignments, resulting in afternoon naps the following day. Others will work on projects and study in between or during classes. Some will even plan their schedules accordingly and complete their tasks on time, and (gasp!) even get a full night’s sleep.
No matter how each student manages their workloads and study skills, we need to remember one simple rule to guide us through these final weeks of the fall: respect one another.
Too often do I find the designated study spaces on campus either occupied or unfit to concentrate in.
studying-bohFor instance, while attempting to study for a computer science test last Thursday in my dorm, my hall mates were singing to a song on my floor until about 3 a.m. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far into the material until I was extremely annoyed and unable to focus.
Another example would be two weeks prior to that incident. I was in the Galley, helping my friend edit a paper. It was 9 p.m., and a few feet beneath us, several students were screaming and shouting over a conversation they were having. It wasn’t long until I became frustrated by the amount of noise at such a late time.
One could say that I am just overreacting to small misunderstandings, or that I am a nerd who spends all my free time concentrating on my grades. Yes, those things might be true. However, students on campus need to understand that the spaces that are designated study spaces should remain quiet and calm, so that work can actually get done.
PersonalSpaceAnxiety_m_0828Even inside the on-campus dorms there seems to be an issue with noise past the 8 p.m. quiet hour mark. When studying in the common areas, my train of thought is interrupted by doors slamming, laughter and shouting on phones, and music playing. How are students who are writing papers, completing projects, and studying for exams work in this sort of environment?
Problems like these create unneeded stress and tension for students who are already worrying about their grades and assignments. There is nothing more unnerving than trying to write a paper during designated quiet hours when someone next door is giggling and cackling over the phone to their best friend.
So, the next time you’re in the library, classroom, or dorm, just remember that someone not too far away is studying for an important exam that could cost him or her a final grade. Just turn your cell phone to silent, put the volume on your television down, or put headphones in. Be respectful of those who need a quiet place on campus to get their work done.
Yes, the end of the semester is coming, and Christmas is in sight; however, these next few weeks are the most arduous of them all. We are all aspiring to complete that one little task called graduating, why make it more difficult for each other?